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Two wrongs make right for Maple Leafs in 1951

Gardner's commitment to defense, Barilko's gamble leads to Stanley Cup win against Canadiens

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

Imagine a situation where teammates would be punished for being the architects of a Stanley Cup-winning goal.

Hard to believe, isn't it?

But this unlikely event took place during and after Game 5 of the 1951 Stanley Cup Final between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens on April 21, 1951, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

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Datsyuk, Conacher portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Charlie Conacher are unveiled in the 30th installment. 

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This Week in Centennial History

Wayne Gretzky traded by Oilers to Kings; Ken Dryden, Sidney Crosby born

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week. Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Aug. 6-12:

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Sakic, Savard portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com on select Fridays in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017 and two on Friday, Aug. 11, 25 and Sept. 8.

This week, the portraits of centers Joe Sakic and Denis Savard are unveiled in the 29th installment.

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Gretzky trade put Los Angeles hockey on map

Deal between Kings, Oilers on Aug. 9, 1988, sparked game's growth

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

On the day Wayne Gretzky was traded, he wasn't thinking about transforming the sport of hockey or the magic act of pulling kids inside from the Southern California heat to play in chilly rinks.

That all would come later.

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Gretzky trade to Kings resonates 29 years later

Great One sent to Los Angeles by Oilers on Aug. 9, 1988, still reigns in NHL record book

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

Aug. 9, 1988, was a day that changed the NHL forever.

Twenty-nine years ago today, the League was rocked by a trade the likes of which it had never seen and never may see again. The Edmonton Oilers, who had won the Stanley Cup four times in five seasons and appeared poised to dominate for years to come, traded Wayne Gretzky, the centerpiece of their dynasty and the greatest scorer in hockey, to the Los Angeles Kings for forwards Jimmy Carson and Martin Gelinas, three first-round draft picks and $15 million.

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On 70th birthday, Dryden as interesting as ever

Hall of Fame goalie chooses to look forward in life, not back on career

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

MONTREAL -- It was 14 years ago that Ken Dryden, who turns 70 today, was talking about comic strips. Specifically, about a memorable panel of the brilliantly skewed The Far Side.

"I enjoy (cartoonist) Gary Larson's slightly off-center take on the world, seeing it straight on -- with a little twist," Dryden said, his voice brightening with laughter. "I remember a Far Side strip with one deer talking to another. One has a bull's-eye on his chest and the other is saying, 'Bummer of a birthmark, Hal.' "

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Coffey, Shore portraits revealed

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue-Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of defensemen Paul Coffey and Eddie Shore are unveiled in the 28th installment.

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This Week in Centennial History

Hall of Famers Richard, Boivin, Brooks born; Philadelphia becomes 'Flyers'

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of July 30-Aug. 5:

 

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Broda, Maple Leafs conquered 'Battle of the Bulge' in 1949

Goalie fulfilled owner's mandate to lose weight, was turning point in Hockey Hall of Fame career

by Stan Fischler / Special to NHL.com

The Battle of the Bulge in World War II was a turning point for the Allies in their crusade to defeat Nazi Germany.

The Battle of the Bulge involving the Toronto Maple Leafs was a turning point in the career of goalie Walter (Turk) Broda, who later would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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